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Buccaneer

— the Last British Bomber

DD Video/Impact Image. Approximate running time 50 minutes. £12.99.

THIS IS A WELL constructed and produced video dedicated to the Blackburn Buccaneer and published to commemorate its retirement from service. Apparently, the aircraft is still considered to be the ‘finest low-level bomber ever produced’.

In response to the build-up of the Soviet fleet, and particularly the Sverdlov class of cruiser, the MoD, in the early 1950s, issued a requirement for a carrier-borne bomber. Out of several submissions, Blackburn’s design was adopted, evolving into the Buccaneer that we all know and love. Blackburn had a long

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British Airways — Planning for the future

While it has always strived to maintain its reputation as “the world’s favourite”, it has been nearly two decades since British Airways first introduced a new type to its fleet — but in early July the airline did just that. In fact it unveiled two new aircraft on the same day as it embarks on a £5 billion upgrade to its long-haul fleet which sees the company preparing for an exciting future.

Super Jumbo

As the airline’s first Airbus A380 doubledecker touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) it marked a new start for not just BA, but also the

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Brazilian AF P-3 AM Contract Progressing

PROGRESS CONTINUES on the Forca Aerea Brasileira (FAB) P-3AM Orion contract, under which the FAB has acquired 12 former US Navy P-3As through a contract signed last year (see Brazilian P-3BR and C-295 Contracts Signed, July 2005, p22). Eight of these (with an option on a ninth) are being refurbished and upgraded for FAB service, whilst the remainder will be used for spares.

EADS CASA is upgrading the aircraft, but Aero Union Corporation (AUC) of Chico, California, announced on August 19, 2005, that it had been contracted to de-preserve and reactivate them. All have been in storage at the Aerospace

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Bosnian AEZ plans

AS WE WENT to press it was uncertain whether the United Nations Security Council enforcement of an air-exclusion zone (AEZ) over Bosnia would be implemented. Plans for the AEZ had been drawn-up in response to Serbian air attacks on Muslim enclaves in eastern Bosnia in mid-March. Raids on villages around Srebrenica had been undertaken by Antonov An-2 Colt biplanes and unspecified crop-spraying aircraft adapted to carry bombs. Russian objections have led to the decision to postpone plans for the AEZ, pending further discussions. As of late March, it was unclear whether the Russian objections could be overcome.

RAF Tornado F.3s

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Boneyard Ops

A fast jet unit with a difference — Mark Ayton visited the HawkT.1A-equipped 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming, Yorkshire.

SEEING FOURTEEN Hawk aircraft parked on RAF Leeming’s flight line, gleaming in their all-black paint schemes, the author suspected that the day ahead was going to be a busy one for 100 Squadron. A check of the flight schedule in the operations room confirmed that 25 sorties were due to be launched for a variety of missions.

Multi-faceted

Equipped with 18 Hawk T.l A aircraft, 100 Squadron comprises A and B Flight and the Navigation Training Unit (NTU). The Squadron also

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Boeing Delivers First KC-767 to Japan

AFTER A 12-hour, non-stop delivery flight from McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas, to Gifu, Japan, on February 19-20, the first Boeing KC-767J for the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF), 7-3601/N763TT (c/n 33844), was officially handed over to Itochu Corporation. Itochu, one of the largest general trading companies in Japan, is used as an intermediary for the majority of major Japanese defence purchases from overseas. After a final review by the Air Staff of the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD), Itochu will deliver the aircraft to the MoD once the in-country acceptance processes are completed.

Delivery followed completion of Federal Aviation Administration

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BEA. The Power and the Glory

It was Europe’s biggest and most powerful airline, an operator with no competitors to speak of which prided itself on its professionalism even it if was, perhaps, a touch arrogant. And we owned it.

British European Airways was created by Act of Parliament on August 1, 1946, It had operated briefly as the BEA division of the nationalised British Overseas Airways Corporation but once formally constituted it was given the job of «providing civil air services in various parts of the world and in particular Europe (including the British islands).’’

Northolt and Liverpool

Initially it was organised into two divisions,

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Battle for Bihac

A report by Alan Warnes.

DURING THE FIRST half of November, the Bosnian Army’s 5th Corps, with the aid of the Bosnian Croats, broke out of the pocket of Bihac, a designated UN ‘safe area’, in northwestern Bosnia and seized 100 square miles (260km2) of land from the Serbs.

Until March 1994 both the Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims were enemies; it is alleged that their alliance was forged by the OA. The US, in effect, was involved in the war on the Muslim side, providing satellite intelligence and tactical operations training.

On November 18, in retaliation for repeated attacks

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Avro Anson Gunships

Originally designed as a passenger aircraft in 1933 before being redesigned for military reconnaissance, by the outbreak of war in 1939 the Avro Anson was obsolete, slow and inadequately armed in comparison with the latest machines. This, of course, was not a problem as the Anson was a reconnaissance aircraft; it was not built for aerial combat. That was, writes Robin J. Brooks, before 500 Squadron got its hands on them.

It was early in 1939 that 500 (County of Kent) Squadron, part of the Auxiliary Air Force, exchanged its single-engine Hawker Hinds for Avro Anson Mk.ls. Powered by two

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Aviano Open Day, Italy-July7

AFTER A TEN-YEAR gap, the 22nd Aviano Open Day was held on July 7, providing Italian enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to see many interesting and exotic aircraft in their own country. It was hardly any wonder then that some 450,000 people turned up for the event.

Aviano is home to the USAFE’s 31st FW and other units involved in operations over the former Yugoslavia. Since the 1950s it has hosted the largest airshow in Italy which has always been organised by the US units based there. This time they excelled themselves, with more than 50 aircraft in the static

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